3 to read: The power of real reporting | ‘Wired’ looks to roots | How youth consume news

By Matt Carroll <@MattCData>

March 7, 2017: Cool stuff about journalism, once a week. Get notified via email? Subscribe: 3toread (at) gmail.

  1. While Trump speechified, reporters broke real news: President Trump’s speech last week was widely lauded, mainly because he met the low bar of expectations. But at the same time praise rained down on the president, reporters at the Washington Post and the New York Timesbroke real stories about the administration, with long-term implications. And that, said Margaret Sullivan of the WaPo, “showed once again that the journalistic basics at their best — digging, developing sources and connecting the dots — will always beat glib pontificating.” A good read.
2. Wired looks to the past to change the future: Wired magazine is an icon, one of most interesting news outlets that covers digital. Former editor Nicholas Thompson is returning as editor-in-chief, with plans to shake it all up. An interesting Q&A, as he looks to the site’s legendary roots and his recent sojourn at The New Yorker to inform the future. One takeaway: Paid content is coming. By Pete Vernon of CJR.

3. How youth view & consume news (it’s certainly different): It’s amazing how fast news consumption has changed and keeps evolving. A study of youth funded by the Knight Foundation found that youth usually get news through mobile and social, and that news tends to find them, rather than the other way around. Youth also are more likely to distrust mainstream media, but trust news from their friends, and their idea of what constitutes “news” can be very broad. Fascinating report on a dizzying, fast-changing topic. (BTW: It’s a pdf.)

A little extra: How can media build bridges to fragmented communities?: A conference at Northeastern U in Boston on the exploring the role of media innovation, emerging modes of communication and digital storytelling in an era of fragmented communities. Free & fun. Friday, March 31, Northeastern U in Boston. (btw, 100% conflict here: I’m running the conference.)

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Matt Carroll is a journalism professor at Northeastern University.

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